Youngsters across the South West are being educated to recycle in a new entrepreneurial project which has already taken off in more than a dozen primary schools.
A former primary school teacher and a media publisher based in Torbay combined forces to create an Eco Warriors workbook, which they hope will eventually reach all Key Stage 2 pupils across the UK. The project aims to provide school children with facts and ideas about ways to reduce, reuse and recycle in a fun and informative way.
The story is based on three children, Edward, Charlie and Oscar (ECO) who are summoned by Mother Nature and given 'super powers' to help defeat the powerful energy tycoon, Doctor Carbon and his invisible sidekick, the Foot Prince.
Readers are being encouraged to use the information and tips on recycling to help them solve problems and write their own creative stories to improve their literary skills.
The books will be sent free to primary schools throughout the UK, if local businesses and individuals agree to sponsor the project. Books have already been accepted by 15 schools in the region, thanks to support from companies including Torbay Taxis and Chasing Paper Ltd.
Co-authors Bill Callaghan and Kevin Reynolds came up with the idea for the project six months ago. It was launched at Tower House School in Paignton.
The authors invested their own money into the first print run, are already writing additional series of stories for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 3.